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Viral meningitis

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Two things: First, if you were going to get it you would most likely have it by now. Incubation is 12-72 hrs for most. Second,the viral cases are troublesome but ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Good question: Meningitis is inflammation of the tissues lining the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a host of different microorganisms as well as by chem ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Infection of brain: Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal tissues caused by one of many viral infections, some of which can be treated with anti-viral ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Evans
42 years experience in Neurology
Symptomatic: Most viral meningitis is treated symtomatically (treating the pain, nausea, and vomiting) with the exception of herpes meningoencephalitis which is tr ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
See below: Fever, photophobia, stiff neck, irritability, nausea, vomiting etc. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
The risk factors for getting Viral meningitis include:: Baby, Immunosuppression.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningiti ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the t ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis v ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience in General Practice
Yes, most likely: Viral meningitis usually lasts from 7-10 days. If she is without symptoms and able to resume her activities without pain or disability, i would say sh ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Some types: Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious, especially in close quarters, e.g. College dorms, military recruits. Vaccinations recommended, bef ... Read More
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Dr. Ashu Syal
Dr. Ashu Syal answered
29 years experience in Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Aseptic meningitis: Usually the patient with viral meningitis becomes contagious for 3-5 days before the onset of symptoms to 7-10 days after the symptoms show up. Runny ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Pneumonia : Can be. Flu can cause viral pneumonitis which is contagious.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregg Albers
40 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Viral meningitis: The symptoms are similar to a bacterial meningitis - headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the eyes from light, stiff neck, and fever. The spinal tap wi ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Nature: Viral meningitis is usually relatively mild and self-limiting. Bacterial meningitis is quite severe, damaging to tissues and progressive unless treat ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience in Neurology
Bacterial kills!!: In most cases viral meningitis is mild and the body itself takes care of this. There are exceptions, such as herpez meningitis... Bacterial meningitis ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
See below: If you have doubts with your diagnosis, you might want to seek a second opinion.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Avoid/vaccine: The short term answer is avoid them until their illness resolves. The longer-term answer is to get vaccinated against the disease.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Fungal meningitis is not contagious.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Bacterial meningitis is contageous, the degree of which is relatively specific to the bacteria involved. A germ like meningococcus is easily passed in ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Tuberculosis in any other organ but the lung is not easily transmissible and not considered contagious. On the other hand, tuberculosis in the lungs i ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually cause ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Katz
25 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Although some types are more contagious than others, the three most common types of bacterial meningitis all have vaccines available to reduce the ris ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Possibly: Viruses are notorious for causing encephalitis as well, and if they cause a pure encephalitis with not inflammation of the meninges, the CSF cell coun ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Generally , yes: A cure with any infection depends on recognition and proper treatments. Most forms of bacterial meningitis are treatable, although such odd germs like ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes: Yes.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Virus: Measles is caused by a virus.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
No: Not really as the virus which causes it might be it is unusual for pericarditis to always result as these are usually common cold viruses.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Not: Unless due to herpes simplex, most forms of viral meningitis are self-limited and there is little or any specific treatment indicated.
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randolph Evans
42 years experience in Neurology
Yes: Persistent chronic (15 or more days per month) postmeningitis headaches are treated like chronic migraine or chronic tension type headaches depending ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Viruses: Nope. Cephalexin is an antibiotic that would in no way treat a dangerous viral illness. Please get to the doctor's office today urgently.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Supportive care: Pain relievers can help w/headache while antiemetics can help w/vomiting. These can be prescribed by doc who diagnosed you w/viral meningitis. Acyclov ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes, but ...: Since herpes simplex virus is a cause of viral meningitis, a person with herpes is at some risk for viral meningitis. However, viral meningitis is not ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Hand-washing: Viral meningitis is spread by fecal-oral contact, which means you can contract it if you touch an object contaminated with the virus. Frequent hand-wa ... Read More
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